COVID-19: Alberta vaccinates first residents of long-term care facilities

In Medicine Hat, the first to be vaccinated is Sheila Veeder, a resident at Riverview Center. She will have to receive her second dose of the Moderna vaccine in 28 days.

Prime Minister Jason Kenney congratulated her on Twitter, highlighting her resilience: She was once an avid dancer until a stroke and two heart attacks slowed her movements.

The first to receive the vaccine in Calgary is Mario Saraceni, 73, who lives in Mayfair Care Centre, while the first in Saint-Paul is Jean Chamberland, 86, resident of the center I will extend.

It does not bother me : These are the words of the octogenarian reported by Alberta Health Services on his Twitter account. The resident adds that he is delighted to be one of the first residents to receive the vaccine.

Numbers of the day

COVID-19 has killed 18 new people in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths in the province to 1,046.

There are 1,287 new cases and the screening positivity rate is now 8.7%.

Hospitalizations count 31 more people, or 921 occupied beds, including 152 in intensive care.

In addition, 14,555 cases are active and 84,827 are cured. On Twitter, Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health Deena Hinshaw reminds Albertans to keep track of sanitation measures during the New Year’s Eve.

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